Loadout unavailable on dedicated TF2 LAN server

When I’m playing on my dedicated Team Fortress 2 LAN server, I am unable to access my load out, because my server cannot connect to the item server:

The server you are playing on has lost connection to the item server. As a result, your loadout will not be available on this server.

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  • I am sure it’s not a problem with my TF2 client or with the item server, because when I play on any random public TF2 server on the internet, I can access my loadout just fine.

    I’m running it on Debian GNU/Linux with the following startup command:

    ./srcds_run -game tf -autoupdate -steambin /home/tf2server/hlds/steam +map koth_king

    When I start up the server, I notice the following in my server’s output during startup. No idea if it’s relevant.

    Initializing Steam libraries for secure Internet server
    *   Unable to load Steam support library.*
    *   Unable to load Steam support library.*
    *   This server will operate in LAN mode only.*
    *   This server will operate in LAN mode only.*

    Furthermore, when I connect to the game, I see the following output on the server side:

    Sending CMsgGameServerMatchmakingStatus (state=ServerMatchmakingState_NOT_PARTICIPATING)
    NULL ISteamGameServer in ConnectClient. Steam authentication may fail.
    Client "Mr. Marlon" connected (
    Cannot verify load for invalid steam ID [I:0:0]
    WARNING: ClientActive, but we don’t know his SteamID?

    What could be the problem and how do I solve it?

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  • 2 Solutions collect form web for “Loadout unavailable on dedicated TF2 LAN server”

    Found the solution: In /home/tf2server/hlds/gameserver/orangebox, put a file called steam_appid.txt whose sole contents are


    Source: http://forums.srcds.com/viewtopic/18494

    This also fixes « TF2 dedicated LAN server not found in game’s server browser ».

    Open up 27015 TCP/UDP on the router and forward to the server ip address. Without these ports open valve servers can not connect to your server and pull information. Let alone no one else will be able to view/connect to your machine with that port closed.

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